Wikitravel talk:Second person pronouns

From Wikitravel
Jump to: navigation, search

Merge to Tone or First person pronouns?[edit]

Should this be merged into Wikitravel:Tone or Wikitravel:First person pronouns (→ Wikitravel:Pronouns)? Jpatokal 11:20, 23 June 2007 (EDT)

Not always a good thing...[edit]

So, I do have a bit of a problem with this guideline. In swedish, using a second person pronoun in a travel guide sounds ridiculous, too personal and (in a travel guide sense) unprofessional. Therefor, I would like to add a text about the disadvantage of using a second person pronoun in some languages. Riggwelter 15:47, 26 April 2011 (EDT)

This is English-language Wikitravel. Your point is relevant for Swedish-language Wikitravel, not for this site. Perhaps you could mention your point in the Swedish phrasebook. Ikan Kekek 15:56, 26 April 2011 (EDT)
All language versions need to have at least somewhat corresponding guidelines if we want Wikitravel to be consistent, regardless of language. All language versions translate the guidelines from english to form such consistency since english is the first and biggest language version. In swedish, using second person pronoun is perfectly acceptable when you talk to or adress people, but not in (for example) a travel guide. None of the major guidebooks (in swedish) use "you" and I sincerely doubt Wikitravel (or written guidebooks) in french or german does it. So, it has nothing to do with phrasebook issues. Riggwelter 16:12, 26 April 2011 (EDT)
I think Ikan's point is that any policy that deals with language specifics, such as this one or Wikitravel:Tone, are likely to require language or culture-specific clarifications. Would it be sufficient to add a note to this guideline that states it is specific to English Wikitravel, and that other language versions may have their own specific rules? -- Ryan • (talk) • 16:18, 26 April 2011 (EDT)
That was exactly what I was intending to do, Ryan - simply adding a text regarding the possibilites that using second person pronouns in some languages might be less of a good idea. Riggwelter 16:19, 26 April 2011 (EDT)
We are all in agreement then. Ikan Kekek 16:22, 26 April 2011 (EDT)
Excellent. I have added a text - feel free to modify it. Riggwelter 16:31, 26 April 2011 (EDT)